Basant Utsav at Shantiniketan 9th to 10th March 2020

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Location: West Bengal , India

Destination type : Cultural Destination

The festival Holi is celebrated in Shantiniketan as Basant Utsav ( spring festival). Holi is basically festival of colours.Shantiniketan is the place where Nobel Laurate Rabindranath Tagore started Visva Bharti University. He started the celebration of Basant Utsav in Shantiniketan.

History of  Basant Utsav at Shantiniketan

  1. Debendra Nath Tagore built an ahsram in Bolpur area and called it Shantiniktan, which later became the name of that area in 1863
  2. His son Rabindranath Tagore started a Brahmacharyaashrama in 1901
  3. Rabindranath Tagore introduced the celebration of Basant Utsav at Shantiniketan

Activities for tourists at Shantiniketan during Basant Utsav

  1. Play Holi by spraying colour at one another
  2. Enjoy Rabindra Sangeet and other classical art forms
  3. Enjoy Baul(songs by mystic minstrels from Bengal)
  4. Visit Tagore’s Ashram and Amar Kutir
  5. Visit Rabindra Baban museum

How to reach there


Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport 160 kms away atat Kolkata is the nearest airport. It is connected to all major domestic destinations in India and some International destinations:

  1. Kualalumpur
  2. Hongkong
  3. Bangkok
  4. Singapore
  5. Dubai
  6. Delhi
  7. Mumbai
  8. Chennai


Bolpur railway station 3 kms away is the nearest railway station. It has trains to Kolkata, Darjeeling and other parts of Wes Bengal


The winter season and rainy seasons ( when there is no heavy rain) are the best time to visit Shantiniketan. July to August heavy rain will be there . After that climate will be better

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Kolkata ( 162 kms away)
  2. Sundarban( 246kms away)
  3. Bardhaman(61 kms away)
  4. Mayapur (122 kms away)
  5. Bishnupur (128 kms away)

Some hotels in Shantiniketan for tourists and tour operators with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Mark and Meadows

Hotel Royal Bengal

The Garden Bungalow

Vasundhara Inn

Rangamati Garden Resort

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